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Astell&Kern A&norma SR25 Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.
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- Neutral sound signature
- Expansive sound stage
- Excellent transparency
- Based on Android 9.0
- Improved battery life and UI
- Bluetooth 4.2
- No 5 GHz Wi-Fi support
Aesthetically, the SR25 does seem more like a facelift of the SR15. Internally, it is much more than that, particularly in the area of sound quality. The SR25 impresses with a faster CPU, a higher resolution display, and is possibly the best sounding DAPs I have experienced at this price point.

It also provides a strong reminder of why DAPs are a better option for listening to music over smartphones.

Without a doubt, Astell&Kern has a winner in the A&norma SR25.
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Design & Build
Functionality & Usability

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Part 1: Introduction, Design & Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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    • The SR25 would underpower the HD650; my recommendation is to have the HD650 powered by a desktop DAC/Amplifier or a desktop amplifier. Alternatively, if you prefer something portable, you can try the FiiO M15

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